Day 21

It’s three days to midummer, so why am I typing this in my sleeping bag? Beginning to wish I’d spent less time on Seren’s electrics and making the fridge work and got around to fitting heating instead. but here’s how the day went: The usual early start, ablutions, breakfast make sandwiches for lunch in case … Read more »

Day 20

Well, still in Manchester. Went for a short walk last night and found Piccadilly, and Picadilly Gardens sadly all fenced off I think in preparation for some festival. If you’ve been following this you’ll see I had electrical problems back in March (Cambs, not 3 months ago!) The charging is sorted OK but the leisure … Read more »

Day 19

Short cruise from the bottom Ashton lock to the junction with the Rochdale Canal. Just before the junction there’s a bit of a basin on a sharp bend followed by a bridge under a Morrison’s store. So I stopped for some shopping. Round the next bend to lock 84, Dale Street. Which is closed. As … Read more »

Day 18½

Dodgy internet connection last night so posting this on the morning of day 19, but we’ll come to that. Day 18 was spent doing the Ashton canal which consists almost entirely of locks, so: Lock 18 (Fairfield top lock) Made use of the Elsan point then set off through the lock. There were a couple … Read more »

Day 17

I reckoned about 4 hours to Marple Locks so I got organised and set off at 07.00. I paused at Addlington Basin for fuel and water and arrived at about 11.30. One of the reasons I love the old narrow canals so much is the industrial architcture, some of it going back to the early … Read more »

Day 16

Up and raring to go when at about 07.45 a CRT guy came round to give the safety briefing and check my light and horn. Off into the Harecastle Tunnel shortly after 08.00. Steering in tunnels is strange, I keep thinking I’ve got it straight down the middle and all under control when suddenly we’re … Read more »

Day 14

Two weeks done. The first weeks was hard, breakdowns don’t help and the whole experience of doing everything oneself takes a while to get used to but I’m acclimatised now. That said, this morning was slow. I called in at Anglo Welsh to empty the loo and buy a spare windlass, then just past the … Read more »

Day 12

I spent last night somewhere in/near Nuneaton a few miles south of Springwood Haven Marina, they have all the usual services and also have a specialist electrical company, Onboard Energy on site. I thought I’d get some diesel and some advice. I didn’t get either, they don’t open Sat or Sun. So onwards to Atherstone … Read more »

Day 10

Published on Day 11 as no internet last night. Sometimes this trip seems like a low-budget disaster movie. Today’s disaster, discovered last night is that the kettle has sprung a leak. Fortunately just before Wilton Locks is Wilton Marina so I pulled in there to empty the loo, fill the water tank and – buy … Read more »

Day 9

I went for a walk around Northampton last night. Seems to be a young folks town (city?) Probably having a uni right in the centre adds to that and maybe all the older people have moved out to suburbs. Seems a nice place but you can’t really tell in one quick wander around the town … Read more »